Stagnant Anoxia and Receiving Disability Benefits
When no oxygen is being supplied to an organ or a tissue, the condition is known as anoxia. Anoxia is a condition that occurs even though you are getting an adequate amount of blood flow to that organ or tissue.
When there is a decrease in the supply of oxygen to a tissue or an organ, the condition is called hypoxia. As in the case of anoxia, hypoxia is a condition that develops in spite of there being an adequate blood flow to that tissue or organ.
Anoxia and hypoxia are often used as two words for the same condition, but anoxia and hypoxia are two similar yet different conditions. Hypoxia is characterized by a decrease in the supply of oxygen to a tissue or an organ. Anoxia is evidenced by no oxygen getting to an organ or a tissue.
There are five different types of anoxia. They are anemic anoxia, hypoxic anoxia, affinity anoxia, histotoxic anoxia, and stagnant anoxia.
What is Stagnant Anoxia?
Stagnant anoxia is an internal condition that is marked by oxygen-rich blood being blocked from getting to your brain. It is a form of anoxia that is brought about by slow peripheral circulation.
Stagnant anoxia immediately keeps your organs and tissues from getting the oxygen that they have to have. If you have stagnant anoxia, your blood contains oxygen. However, the flow of your oxygen-rich blood to certain organs and tissues is cut off.
Stagnant anoxia is known by other names. It is also referred to as hypoxic ischemic injury or ischemic anoxia.
There are some ailments that may result in stagnant anoxia. Some of these are cardiac arrhythmia, strokes, congestive cardiac failure and cardiac arrest.
Possible Causes of Stagnant Anoxia
There are also several other things that can lead to stagnant anoxia, in addition to the other kinds of anoxia. Some of these include:
- Electrical shock
- Improper exposure to anesthesia
- Compression of your trachea
- Exposure to high altitude
- Respiratory disorders that interfere with your breathing
- Carbon monoxide inhalation
- Brain tumors
- Heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Hypotension (extremely low blood pressure)
- A heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Near drowning
- The use of illegal drugs
- Respiratory arrest
Signs and Symptoms you might have Stagnant Anoxia
There are some signs and symptoms that may be an indication of stagnant anoxia. Some of these are:
- Having seizures
- A stiffness in your neck
- Being in a state of mental confusion
- Your body exhibiting myoclonic jerks (involuntary muscle spasms or twitches)
- Being in a state of unconsciousness (comatose or stuperous)
Diagnosing Stagnant Anoxia
In order for your doctor to diagnose your stagnant anoxia, he or she will probably take note of your signs and symptoms and do a physical exam. The diagnosis of stagnant anoxia is then usually made on the basis of you displaying the clinical signs and symptoms of stagnant anoxia. There are also some diagnostic procedures and tests that your doctor will likely want you to take in order for a diagnosis of stagnant anoxia to be confirmed. Some of these may include repeated arterial blood gases, urinalysis, a complete blood count (CBC), blood volume, venous pressure and serial ECGs (electrocardiogram).
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